ESCAPE trails is owned and run by experienced trail and ultra runner Neil Staveley, with help from volunteer Run Leader Hannah.
Neil took up running in 2015 when he entered the East Coast 10k to raise money for charity. Although it wasn’t an instant love affair, with running he soon caught the running bug and hasn’t stopped since. After originally running and racing on roads, Neil found out about trail running and was instantly attracted by the ‘getting out into nature’ feel of it. Having given trail running a go, this time it was an instant love affair. Neil’s main running focus now is trail running and trail races, and he has run many trail races around the UK from 5Ks up to ultras, including the Trail Marathon Wales, the Peddars Way Ultra and the Norfolk 100k.
Neil and Hannah both hold the England Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF), and are also part of the coaching team at the Norfolk Gazelles Running Club. Neil also holds a Sports First Aid Level 2 qualification.
We strongly believe that trail running has a ton of benefits not just physically but also mentally. This is part of the reason why we set up ESCAPE trails to help people get out on the trails and start feeling, not just the benefits of running, but also of being outside in nature, and just as importantly to just have fun in a safe and friendly atmosphere. Our runs are planned to give you the support you need whether you’re new to the trails or you’re an experienced runner, all whilst running at a sociable pace. ESCAPE trails is not about racing or PBs it’s about having fun on the trails, and we make sure no one gets left behind irrespective of their ability.
The natural world is an important part of trail running, and all events organised by ESCAPE trails have a focus on the nature around us, the impact we have on it as trail runners, what we can do to help limit that impact, and what steps we can take to help keep it special.
At ESCAPE trails we realise that any business, no matter what size, has an negative impact on the environment, but we like to think that, with how ESCAPE trails is run, although not perfect, we can limit that impact a bit. This includes the advice we give on trail running equipment, which will always be from ethical businesses, right down to our own very small selection of ESCAPE trails merchandise. Which is as eco friendly as we could find, and includes tech t shirts that are made from recycled bottles, and hoodies that are organic. Each year as a business ESCAPE trails supports a different NGO and makes a small donation to their cause.